• University of Nottingham

Becoming an Expert Educator in the Healthcare Professions

Explore healthcare teaching and learn the teaching strategies to create a great learning environment for healthcare professionals.

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Becoming an Expert Educator in the Healthcare Professions
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Become an expert health educator and make a difference

Connect with a global network of multi-professional educators in healthcare, and gain new perspectives on your teaching strategies and values as a health educator.

On this course from the University of Nottingham, you’ll identify and apply the fundamentals of education to the healthcare professions. You will be empowered to make evidence-based improvements to your teaching.

The course is designed to share with new or established educators the latest evidence-based approaches and thinking around delivering effective education in healthcare.

Create an effective learning environment for your students

The course will begin by exploring the concept of motivation, and asking why it’s essential for effective learning. You’ll discuss Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, as well as learning styles and strategies.

You’ll learn about the role of memory in learning, and discover the types of memory and exercises that will allow you to help your students.

Discover cognitive load theory and instructional design

There are several effective approaches to designing teaching. You’ll learn about the types of cognitive load, the principles of instruction, and instructional design.

Assessments are also a vital part of teaching, so you’ll learn about assessment methods. You’ll think about what makes a reliable and valid assessment, and then explore what comprises good feedback.

Learn to create a positive group dynamic

In the final few weeks, you’ll investigate how to create a good group dynamic in the classroom. From considering the psychological safety of students to developing group-based activities, you’ll learn to foster a positive learning environment.

Ultimately, you’ll learn some of the fundamental concepts around learning, teaching, assessment, feedback, the environment, and curriculum design.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 18 seconds Have you ever thought what makes an expert educator, or how best equip healthcare professionals for entering the workplace?

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds Whether it’s preparing the next generation of nurses, midwives, or physiotherapists, or continuing professional development for doctors, educating healthcare professionals takes place in many locations and throughout their working lives. Our challenge is to deliver the best education we can using the most effective tools and methods that are available to us. Whether in hospitals, clinics, or in the community, in classrooms or lecture theatres, there are thousands of us delivering education and training for others. This course will share best practice in education by applying underlying theory and sharing our experiences with you. If you are involved in educating, training, supervising or mentoring within the healthcare professions, then this is the course for you.

Skip to 1 minute and 31 seconds We can provide you with the professional knowledge to help improve and refine your skills. You will have the opportunity to work alongside people from a wide range of healthcare professions. Our course is delivered by an experienced group of educators from medicine, nursing, midwifery, and physiotherapy. We are all committed to sharing what we know works best in healthcare education. Together, we will navigate through the key concepts of teaching, learning, assessment, feedback, context in the curriculum, sharing real life examples with you along the way.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1

  • What factors affect motivation and why is motivation so important for effective learning?
  • What are effective learning strategies?
  • What is reflection and how does it relate to ‘thinking about thinking’?

Week 2

  • What are the most effective approaches for designing teaching?
  • What is cognitive load theory and why does it matter for teaching?
  • What does effective instruction actually look like?

Week 3

  • Why does validity matter?
  • Why is reliability important?
  • What frequently used assessment methods are there?

Week 4

  • What comprises ‘good’ feedback?
  • What does a ‘good’ feedback relationship mean?
  • Why is feedback utility important for learning?

Week 5

  • What is a curriculum statement?
  • What does constructive alignment mean?
  • What should educational governance mean for teachers?

Week 6

  • What is the impact of the teacher on the educational climate ‘in the room’?
  • What is ‘psychological safety’ and why is it important for teachers to know about it?
  • What is the influence of group dynamics on the learning environment?

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on and articulate the meaning of effective instruction in the healthcare professions context
  • Justify the validity and reliability of a given assessment or programme of assessment
  • Explain the core elements of ‘good’ feedback
  • Describe the rationale for ensuring constructive alignment across a curriculum
  • Explore the influence of group dynamics on the learning environment
  • Identify the role of motivation in effective learning
  • Identify appropriate evidence-based learning strategies for use in the classroom or clinical workplace
  • Identify common methods and approaches to assessment used in healthcare professions education

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for healthcare professionals who work in, or have an interest in, delivering formal or informal education.

Who will you learn with?

I am a consultant physician and educator based at the University Hospitals of Derby & Burton, and the University of Nottingham, UK.

I am an Assistant Professor in Midwifery and have had an academic career spanning 20 years which has involved developing new teachers, course leadership and e-learning amongst other things.

I'm a children's critical care nurse and an educator. Honing my skills in both clinical and classroom based teaching, I have specific interests in using simulation and digital learning pedagogy.

I am a Clinical Associate Professor in Medical Education at the University of Nottingham and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

My role includes teaching, mentoring and supporting undergraduate physiotherapy students and practice educators in all aspects of practice-based learning.

I am a Professor of e-Learning and health informatics in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham. My interests are around designing for e-learning in healthcare education.

Who developed the course?

The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is committed to providing a truly international education, inspiring students with world-leading research and benefitting communities all around the world.


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